Immigration Law

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Does DHS Have Your Cellphone Data?
Posted on 19 Jul 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Julia Ainsley, NBC News, July 18, 2022 "The Department of Homeland Security has paid millions of dollars since 2017 to purchase, without warrants, cellphone location data from two companies to track the movements of both Americans and foreigners... Read More

Tags: cbp , DHS , ICE , cell phones

Court Blocks DHS Enforcement Memo: Arizona v. Biden
Posted on 22 Mar 2022 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Arizona v. Biden "It is hereby ORDERED that: 1. Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 65(a), Defendants United States Department of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, in his official capacity as Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, all their... Read More

DHS Issues New "Protected Area" Immigration Enforcement Guidelines
Posted on 28 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Oct. 27, 2021 - Guidelines for Enforcement Actions in or Near Protected Areas "This memorandum provides guidance for ICE and CBP enforcement actions in or near areas that require special protection. It is effective immediately. This memorandum... Read More

ICE Does Not Adequately Track Segregation at Immigration Detention Facilities: DHS OIG Report
Posted on 19 Oct 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Kylie Bielby, Homeland Security Today, Oct. 18, 2021 "An audit by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) has found that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) did not always comply with segregation reporting requirements and did not ensure... Read More

New Mayorkas Prosecutorial Discretion Memo (Sept. 30, 2021; eff. Nov. 29, 2021)
Posted on 30 Sep 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Sept. 30, 2021 "This memorandum provides guidance for the apprehension and removal of noncitizens. ... We will prioritize for apprehension and removal noncitizens who are a threat to our national security, public safety, and border security... Read More

DHS Withdraws Proposed EAD, Biometrics Rules
Posted on 7 May 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

This document is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on 05/10/2021 - "The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is withdrawing a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) that published on November 19, 2020. The NPRM proposed to revise... Read More

Tags: proposed rule , cbp , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Joint ICE-CBP Memo: Civil Immigration Enforcement Actions in or near Courthouses
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

ICE, Apr. 27, 2021 "This memorandum provides interim guidance that governs our civil immigration enforcement actions in or near courthouses. It is effective immediately and will be replaced after the Secretary issues his final guidance after engaging... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

ICE, CBP to Limit Civil Enforcement Actions In or Near Courthouse
Posted on 27 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 27, 2021 "Today, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to place new limits on civil immigration enforcement actions in... Read More

Tags: courthouses , cbp , DHS , ICE

DHS, ICE Announce Rescission of Civil Penalties for Failure-to-Depart
Posted on 23 Apr 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

DHS, Apr. 23, 2021 "Today, at the direction of Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded two delegation orders related to the collection of civil financial penalties for noncitizens... Read More

Tags: penalties , DHS , ICE

Administration Ends Requirement That Information on Migrant Children, Sponsors Be Shared with ICE
Posted on 15 Mar 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Austin Landis, Spectrum News, Mar. 12, 2021 "On Friday, the Biden administration officially ended an information sharing agreement between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the agencies caring for unaccompanied children who cross the... Read More

Court Blocks "Monster" Asylum Rule: Pangea v. DHS
Posted on 9 Jan 2021 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Pangea v. DHS "Defendants the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Pete Gaynor, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; Chad F. Wolf, in his official capacity, if any, as Acting Secretary of DHS; the United... Read More

Tags: cbp , wolf , eoir , USCIS , DHS , ICE , asylum

USCIS Extends Form I-9 Flexibility
Posted on 20 Aug 2020 by Daniel M. Kowalski

USCIS, Aug. 19, 2020 "The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced an extension of the flexibility in complying with requirements related to Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification... Read More

Tags: I-9 , USCIS , DHS , ICE

Border Immigration Tent Courts Resemble 'China or Russia'
Posted on 25 Sep 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

Gus Bova, Texas Observer, Sept. 24, 2019 "In Laredo and Brownsville, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has taken the unusual step of building tent court facilities alongside the ports of entry. There, members of the press and public are... Read More

Groups Demand Release of Infants from Immigration Jails
Posted on 1 Mar 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

AIC, AILA, CLINIC Legal, Feb. 28, 2019 "We write to bring your attention to an alarming increase in the number of infants being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody. As of today, there are at least nine infants under one year... Read More

HHS OIG on Separated Children Placed in Office of Refugee Resettlement Care
Posted on 18 Jan 2019 by Daniel M. Kowalski

HHS OIG, Jan. 2019 "What OIG Found  In the summer of 2017, prior to the formal announcement of the zero-tolerance policy, ORR staff and officials observed a steep increase in the number of children who had been separated from a parent or guardian... Read More